about me

The meaning of “monster” is clear, but what is “larp”?
“Larp” means “live- action- role- playing” and folks who do it are “larpers”. Mr Google can explain at length what that means exactly. It is an expensive, complex, time- consuming, strenuous hobby. I love it and am addicted to it for quite a long time now.

About the author:
My name is Alexander Beseke and I live in Lübeck, Germany. I am over 30 years old and my hobbies are what an online- dictionary calls “handicrafts”... and of course monster hunting; but not on a computer screen: I prefer real environments and real steel armour. Erm- monsters can be made of foam, thank you.
This lead to building the critters myself, and nowadays there are games (called “conventions” or “cons”) where I only see my co- players through the eye- slots of a monster mask.

Mostly Iīm active at conventions in the phoenix- gameworld ( www.phoenix-carta.de )- from the coasts of Helingard (vikings), the hills of Anguir (guys with kilts and a faible for blue warpaint), the woods & towns of Aklon (medieval high civilisation) to the deserts of Shai- Anarat and the jungles of Sheldiria. And I can dance a minuet if necessary.

When asked for passions about ancient civilisations Iīd call myself an “egyptophile”, whereas in relation to the gameworlds I see the two realms more “with the eyes of a carpenter looking at a wood” (Pratchett).

My oldest edition of “The Hobbit” is from 1974. We also recommend: Moorcock, Zelazny, Lee, Kurtz, Heinlein, Pratchett, Gerrold, Wagner, Harrison, Matthews, and Froud together with Warhammer in high dosage. And I want my own Leonopteryx.


Disclaimer/ the small print:
I only take responsibility for this here website. I have no influence on websites I link or recommend. If something illegal occurs there, I wonīt have anything to to with it. Before linking  - and later with random tests- I check if the content is ok. If anyone notices irregularities, Iīm grateful for a hint ( alex@larp-monsterbau.de ).

If you send me material, please only do so with your own. Sometimes it even gets published here. No, you donīt get paid for it. Generally I only mention your first name to protect you. Nobody gets any copy- or other rights of his taken away.
For every other text- and picture- material here -except the above mentioned- applies: it is mine. If you use it for anything else than private purpuses (which means commercial purposes or using it publicly) you need my previous written permission.

Meanwhile itīs 2018 (gods, the last 8 years went by fast) and the Europeans say I have to tell you a few more things about the handling of personal data on this website:

Nobody is being supervised, data- stored or analyzed/ exploited by me. I donīt earn money with the site and pay nobody save my provider (for the webspace; theyīre called web.de. with servers in Germany). There are no “affiliate links” here nor embedded Youtube- Videos, Insta-Twitterbook- etc- logos, a comment function or a guestbook- not even a like- button (yes, I know that I am unprogressive). You cantīt log in anywhere here or fill in forms or send me money. And no analytics means no cookies, too.*


The techniques described on this website include dangerous activities like
- handling tools
- running around  in woods dressed in strange, peculiar costumes
- whacking other people with toy- swords
and generally exposing oneself to unfavorable weather conditions while wearing abovementioned costumes- even at night. What a hobby.

If during the course of this anything goes wrong I refuse to be held responsible. Please take care of yourself.

When I publish photos the following ethical principles apply: people shown knew they were photographed or were in situations where they had to reckon with it.  The purpose of the pictures is most definitely not to defame anybody. Folks are depicted as they look in their normal environment (larpers look that way). I donīt publish pictures I would be ashamed of myself. Who recognizes himself and doesnīt want to be published and can prove heīs himself: no problem. Just email me at  alex@larp-monsterbau.de to get a “black bar” (for now) or to be luxuriously pixeled - when I learn how to do that.

Hey- actually Iīm a nice guy. I only write this because here in germany I have to (so the police can find me anytime they want). Have fun at my website!

Hereīs a link to the content: Contents


* may 2018 sees a new law concerning the protection of personal data in the www. In Germany it is called DSGVO, but all Europeans will have something similar. And nobody around here knows exactly how a statement concerning data privacy policy should look nowadays. So lemme get it straight:

Folks, I support the concept of data privacy in the www. I donīt want your personal data and donīt employ tools to aquire or process them.
I donīt exactly know what my provider (web.de) does with the traffic on this site but please assume that they keep so- called “server- logfiles” which comprise of your ip- adress, browser-type, operating system and referrer (otherwise you couldnīt surf in the www). They also log time and date of your visit, but normally only machines will look at these data- sets. I donīt get to know anything of that.
I also removed my hitcounter because it was “for free” (“free” services in the www normally somehow cost your privacy...).

And for friends of privacy policy statements (pps) hereīs a link to an “Über”-pps which makes other, lower pps first turn pale, then blush and finally look bashfully at the ground:

The privacy policy statement of the “German Association for Data Protection” (itīs a “german” thingie that cannot easily be explained to foreigners, letīs just say that we do such things with the best of intentions). It seemingly occupies more webspace than my whole website and he who reads it will need no further pps in this life. Most of it doesnīt apply to Larp-Monsterbau.de, but for good measure Iīll take it all. Youīve been warned!


last edit oct 2016, may 2018

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